A second year bulb can't withstand the long period of wet winter dormancy without protection from pests and fungi. A third year bulb needs additional space to make sure that more growth occurs in the bulb than in the foliage. To do this the bloom is removed before blossoming and soil and air temperatures are carefully watched so that the harvest occurs just after the period of maximum bulb growth.
Finally at the end of the third full year of growth an Easter Lily bulb is healthy enough and large enough to be harvested. These bulbs are called Commercial Grade in the trade. From our hands it goes to the greenhouse where it is potted, fed, and timed to bloom. All in preparation for it's Easter Glory.